AS/MATH1515 3.0 M Winter 2000-2001

Introduction to Calculus

T, R 11:30-12:50, CLH E

Course director: Dr. J. Wick Pelletier

Office: N534 Ross

Telephone: 736-5250 or 726-2100 Ext. 22554


Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10:30-11:15 and by appointment

Markers: Jin Wang and Shuging Liang

Aim of course: This course is intended for those who have had no prior course in calculus at any level. Students who received a failing grade in a secondary school calculus course can also take it. The course prepares students for university courses which have "OAC Calculus or equivalent" as a prerequisite. Since the course progresses at more than twice the pace of the comparable secondary school course, it is expected that students will attend class regularly and be diligent in keeping up with the material and doing problems from the book.

Prerequisite: One OAC in Mathematics or MATH 1510.06 or equivalent. In particular it is assumed that students will have been introduced previously to the trigonometric functions.

Degree Credit exclusions: MATH 1500 3.0. The course may not be taken by anyone who has passed or is currently taking another university course in Calculus.

Textbook: Calculus - A First Course by James Stewart, Thomas Davison, and Bryan Ferroni, published by McGraw Hill Ryerson. The text is available at the York Bookstore. Answers to all problems are given in the back of the textbook.

Important dates: The first class is on Tuesday, February 27, 2001. The last class is on Thursday, May 10. The examination period is from May 12 to 26.

Saturday, January 13, is the last day to enrol in the course without my permission. Friday, March 9, is the last day to enrol in the course with my permission, using a special form obtained from the Undergraduate Office in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Thursday, April 12 is the last day to withdraw from the course without receiving a grade.

Assignments: Students are expected to solve as many problems from the textbook as possible as an aid to learning the material. Solutions will not be collected nor graded, but there will be in-class quizzes based on problems in the textbook.  

Syllabus (subject to change):

Chapter 1 (sections 1.1-1.5)

Chapter 2 (all sections)

Chapter 3 (sections 3.1, 3.2, 3.5)

Chapter 4 (sections 4.1-4.4)

Chapter 5 (sections 5.1-5.5)

Chapter 6 (review only: topics needed for the course will be reviewed)

Chapter 7 (sections 7.1-7.3)

Chapter 8 (all sections except 8.5)

Chapter 9 (section 9.1)

Chapter 10 (sections 10.1-10.4)

Chapter 11 (sections 11.1-11.3)

MathLab: Help with problem-solving for all first year courses is available in the MathLab, Room S525 Ross. The usual hours of operation are 11-3:30 M-F. This service will begin the second week of classes.

Study groups: Students in the course will be divided into study groups containing 3-6 students. Participation is optional but strongly recommended. Groups will be set up within the first few weeks of classes.

Study groups have been found to be very beneficial for students taking university courses in Mathematics. Working with other students aids in learning the course material and in problem-solving. Groups usually meet once a week for an hour or more.

Behaviour: Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with York University policies and regulations concerning academic conduct. These can be found in the Undergraduate Programme Calendar. Special note should be taken of the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty. Cheating and/or impersonation, since these offenses are dealt with severely. Photo identification and signing-in will be required at all tests and at the final examination.

Evaluation: There will be two class tests during the term, which will normally make up 50% of the final grade. A 3-hour final exam during the spring examination period will normally be worth 40%. Six in-classes quizzes will normally make up the remaining 10% of the grade. An alternative to the normal grading scheme is to have the final examination worth 60% of the grade and the term work (tests and quizzes) worth 40%. Students will be evaluated under the scheme that maximizes their grade.

There will be NO MAKE-UPS for class tests or quizzes missed. Students with valid medical reasons for missing one class test, substantiated by a doctor's note, will have additional weight assigned to their final examination grade. Only the best 4 of 6 quizzes will be counted. Students who are absent by virtue of illness for final examinations must apply formally for a deferred exam through the Registrar's Office.

The tentative dates for the quizzes and class tests are:

Quiz 1: Tuesday, March 13

Quiz 2: Tuesday, March 20

Test 1: Tuesday, March 27 NOTE: For students with surnames A-K, the test will be written in Curtis Lecture Hall C; For students with surnames L-Z, the test will be written in the usual classroom Curtis Lecture Hall E; Quiz 3: Tuesday, April 3

Quiz 4: Tuesday, April 10

Quiz 5: Tuesday, April 17

Test 2: Tuesday, April 24

Quiz 6: Tuesday, May 1

All undergraduate Faculties at York follow a common grading system based on letter grades:

A+ = exceptional

A = excellent

B+ = very good

B = good

C+ = competent

C = fairly competent

D+ = passing

D = barely passing

E = marginally failing

F = failing.

NB: Both E and F are failing grades.

Religious Observance: York University is committed to respecting the religious beliefs and practices of all members of the community and making accommodations for observances of special significance to adherents. Should any of the dates specified in this syllabus for in-class tests pose such a conflict for you, contact me within the first three weeks of class. Similarly should any assignments scheduled later in the term pose such a conflict, contact me immediately. Please note that to arrange an alternative date or time for an examination scheduled in the formal examination period in April/May, students must complete an Examination Accommodation Form, which can be obtained from the Registrar's Office.